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If you're looking for a beach escape, Bali is definitely the place for you. At this world-famous island scattered with various cultural hotspots, don't miss out on a visit to the iconic water temple that is Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Spend a morning at the Tegalalang Rice Field and marvel at the beauty of lush green fields. Challenge yourself and hike up Mount Batur at dawn and be rewarded with an amazing sunrise view at the top. Don't forget to try out adventurous water activities like flyboarding and diving, before partying the night away at the Seminyak district where the night is forever young.

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Unmissable sights in Bali

Considered one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Asia, an endless array of fun things to do in Bali awaits tourists of all ages. From its exquisite beaches, stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural traditions, and historic religious sites to its relaxing retreats, upscale nightlife, lavish lifestyle, and appealing dining options, Bali will surely make your travel a memorable one! With a wide range of beautiful attractions to choose from, don’t miss out on these top 10 interesting places in Bali!

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu) is one of the must-visit places in Bali well-known for its outstanding location perched atop the edge of a cliff at Pecatu Village in Kuta South District of Badung. Its high setting offers magnificent views of the Indian Ocean waves over a captivating sunset. Recognized as one of the six temples symbolizing Bali’s spiritual pillars, the Uluwatu Temple requires wearing a sarong, scarf, or sash during your visit. Make sure to watch the daily Kecak fire dance performances at the amphitheater before ending your temple tour.


Located on the southwest coast of Bali and north of Kuta, Seminyak is a fancy beach town that features charming beaches and surfing spots, along with a relaxing vibe and mesmerizing sunset views. With upscale fine-dining restaurants and stunning beach clubs, bars, and cafes that fill the coastline, tourists will never go hungry or thirsty during their stay as there are plenty of food and drink options available. You can also visit the boutiques and designer shops as you walk along the shopping streets in Seminyak.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a nature reserve and habitat for over 700 macaques or Balinese long-tailed monkeys at Padangtegal Village in Ubud. It is surrounded by Hindu temples, statues, and over 186 species of trees, making it a significant aspect of the village’s spiritual practices, economic life, educational research, and conservation efforts. With 12.5 hectares of lush forest, tourists can enjoy an abundant amount of fresh air while exploring the sanctuary. Take note that several guidelines must be followed, particularly about feeding the monkeys with bananas and other types of food and knowing the proper dress code when visiting the temple area.


Located at Denpasar in Southeast Bali, Sanur offers a serene destination for those who want to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the island. You can start your day watching the beautiful sunrise before diving into an array of fun activities. If you want to look around the island, the paved beachfront path is perfect for a bicycle ride in the morning. For those who are looking for some action, you can try some water sports like paragliding, sea walking, wakeboarding, and windsurfing. You can also rent a boat to visit the nearby islands like Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida to dive and snorkel. Besides these activities, Sanur is also famous for its wide range of resorts, warungs, tourist shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood and have a drink at night.

Mount Batur

If you want to take a break from the usual beach trips and temple stops, there are off the beaten track Bali attractions like Mount Batur that you can visit. Mount Batur is an active volcano located at Kintamani in Bangli regency, standing at 1717 meters (5633 feet) above sea level. Climbing your way up to the top would require you to set off early in the morning, but catching the magical golden sunrise piercing through the clouds at the peak while enjoying a delightful breakfast prepared by your guide makes it a worthwhile experience.

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Located at Candikuning Village in Tabanan Regency, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a scenic landmark sitting atop the plateau area of Beratan lake in Bedugul. Considered as one of the nine significant Kahyangan Jagat Temples surrounding the island of Bali, it houses five temple compounds and one Buddhist Stupa. Tourists also often compare it to an amusement park as there are several recreational activities available besides visiting the temples. You can enjoy the crisp weather while fishing, ride a speedboat or pedal boat to appreciate the impressive views of the lake, let the kids play at the small garden park, or snap a moment with the exotic animals via professional photography services. There are also two dining options inside that serves local Indonesian cuisine, as well as Chinese and Western fares.

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah, locally known as the Elephant Cave, is an archaeological site built in the 11th century at Bedulu village in Gianyar Regency. The temple complex has two bathing pools, fountains, rice paddies, a garden, and a courtyard that contains several stone carvings and fragments of relics with Hindu and Buddhist influences. Some of these include the remains of a lingam (phallic symbol of god Shiva), a yoni (symbol of goddess Shakti), and the elephant-headed statue of Shiva’s son (god Ganesha). Take note that a visit to Goa Gajah requires the wearing of sarong and sash.

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

With picturesque terrain of greenery and beautifully-landscaped rice paddies, Tegalalang Rice Terraces is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bali. Located at Tegalalang Village in Gianyar Regency, there are several paths you can take with donation spots set up by locals and farmers on the entrances. If you want to see the magnificent views of the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, visiting during the harvest season is the best time. Don’t forget to take souvenir photos at the famous spots like the I Love Bali sign and the swing rides. A visit to the terraces will also not be complete without trying the renowned Luwak coffee at any of the small cafes and shops on the adjacent streets.

Tirta Empul Temple

If you want to immerse yourself in the local traditions in Bali, the Tirta Empul Temple is one of the best places to visit. Situated at the Manukaya village in Gianyar Regency, it is a national cultural heritage site known as the Holy Water Temple that draws worshippers of Balinese Hinduism for a purification ritual called Melukat. This magical temple complex consists of three sections: the Jaba Pura (outer courtyard), the Jaba Tengah (central courtyard), and the Jeroan (inner courtyard). The Jaba Tengah is the main and the most popular section of Tirta Empul as it contains the sacred springs where Hindu believers line up and wait to dip their heads under the 30 water spouts. The temple also follows a dress code, so make sure to wear a sarong and a sash before entering to pay respect.

Besakih Temple

Recognized as the Mother Temple of Bali, Besakih Temple is a grand temple complex situated in the South-western slopes of the sacred Mount Agung. It houses more than 80 temples and shrines for Balinese Hinduism believers. With its high altitude and breathtaking location, Pura Besakih offers panoramic views of the countryside and the surrounding mountain scenery. There are three main temples you can visit with your local guide: Pura Penataran Agung (Shiva), Pura Kiduling Kreteg (Brahma), and Pura Batu Madeg (Vishnu). Like in other temples, make sure to wear a sarong and a sash.

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If you're looking for a beach escape, Bali is definitely the place for you. At this world-famous island scattered with various cultural hotspots, don't miss out on a visit to the iconic water temple that is Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Spend a morning at the Tegalalang Rice Field and marvel at the beauty of lush green fields.

Challenge yourself and hike up Mount Batur at dawn and be rewarded with an amazing sunrise view at the top. Don't forget to try out adventurous water activities like flyboarding and diving, before partying the night away at the Seminyak district where the night is forever young.

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Published 205 days ago
Endah Proborini & Pty. Initially, we only wanted to spend the weekend with family in Ubud, but suddenly we were interested in the cooking class program offered by Varatrip because the concept was very "indigenous" by cooking directly at the residence of a Balinese family, with all authenticity without engineering such as a kitchen that still uses a firewood stove, local ingredients that are mostly taken directly from the yard of the house, very traditional cooking techniques as well as enjoying the cooking class dishes with the atmosphere of a Balinese family home. The menu on offer is very simple "vegetarian food" but very delicious beyond our expectations, because we are not vegetarian and never thought that we would be very satisfied and like it. The ingredients, method and taste are also according to taste, easy and can be made provisions for cooking at home. Even though we already have an online culinary business for Indonesian cuisine, we are very happy with this experience. The saying "it's never too late to learn" is true .. Thank you Varatrip for making our short vacation more meaningful. In the midst of this pandemic, not only prices will definitely be paid attention to, but punctuality is also an overall experience such as choosing a place, menu and way of handle 👍👍
Published 181 days ago
Due to the coronavirus, there were no travelers, so we took a private tour only with the groom and me. I wanted to ride a bicycle, but this tour was just right. The weather was so nice and the guide was so nice. I thought it would be dangerous because I went by the road, but it was tiring. It was so so good. I'm going to do it again on my next trip to Bali~
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Published 171 days ago
It is highly recommended to order floats here .. For reservation details, I will be directed to an email and at that time I reschedule the time and date, it is very easy to just email it, fast delivery and the floats are quite large and good .. Recommended for larger pools because if the pool is small the floats will take up space .. So far, if you go to Bali again, you will rent the floats here again thanks ..
Published 168 days ago
lucky we went to Bali during the pandemic like this, so many tourist attractions were quite quiet ... assisted by Bli made as tour guides, we were invited to West and East Penida ... for him, usually cm can get 2 places because of the ramen and org until queued for photos. but just yesterday, we even got to 8 places according to the description and finished faster hehehe .. bli made himself funny and talkactive, along the way he told me many interesting things that make my trip even more colorful .. always success for this travel tour
Published 77 days ago
It’s a bit hard to go by boat in the middle of the night, but seeing the true face of Mount Ijen, everything is worth it! The tour guide explained our questions very seriously and took good care of us. If you have a chance to go to Bali, I highly recommend going to Ijen Take a look at the volcano and walk around.
Published 39 days ago
Driver (first picture) that we booked through Klook. On the first day, we book a car through the app and send it to the resort. Very good service, pick up on time, she is an Ubud person. So the deal that the 2nd day, she will take a trip Price 600,000IDR The model is very good, it is both a guide, a driver, a person holding a person taking pictures for you. She had a lot of fun chatting. A trip to Ubud, Nang is a photo taken. And help to recommend places to travel Very friendly The price is also friendly, whoever comes to Bali, recommend booking through klook, good price, safe as well.

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